14WSNAS Event Calendar

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


Please join us for our AGM. We will be reviewing the last 12 months and discussing the future of the Branch. 

Kind Regards

Jo Hyndman
Branch Officer

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

WSNAS Family Fun-Run and Walk - Sunday 21st September 2014

Hi Everyone,
We are organising a Family Fun-Run and Walk on Sunday 21st September 11.30am -2.30pm @ the Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre Athletics Track to raise money for the Branch. You and your family can set your own target distance from 1 lap to 10km, it's entirely up to you!
If you are unable to take part, why not come along and support the runners and walkers ???
Refreshments will be available throughout the event.
You will be receiving an email with further details and a sponsorship form so check out your in-box. You can also pick up a form from our various groups.
We have 1000+ members and if everyone got £1 sponsorship or donated a £1 then we would easily reach our £1000 target, so please try to get involved in whatever way you can - remember this is YOUR branch and it needs YOUR support.
Thank you
Jo Hyndman
Branch Officer

Monday, 12 May 2014

WSNAS Rainbow Fun Soft Play sessions

An exclusive soft play session for WSNAS members under the age of 13 years. Cafe open throughout. 

All parents MUST stay and supervise their children throughout the session. 

£2 per child, siblings welcome.

For more details call Laura Hawkins on 07917203433.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Your Invitation to the WSNAS AGM 2014

It's that time of year again! Yes, the WSNAS AGM will be taking place on Wednesday 12th February 2014 from 7-9pm @ The Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP33 3JT

The primary reason for the AGM is to give members the opportunity to stand for and/or to vote for who they would like to run the branch in 2014/15 in the roles of Branch Officer(s) and Treasurer, so that the West Suffolk Branch can continue to support our ever-growing membership.

Please could any member interested in either of the two roles up for election contact us, preferably by e-mail, as soon as possible for further information and to have their names added to the agenda for the meeting.

The AGM is also a useful forum for members to give their feedback on the social groups and autism-friendly events hosted by the branch, and to offer their ideas for improvements and new groups and events. There have been lots of changes in the last 6 months and we would appreciate your input and reflections on them.During the evening we will be presenting an overview of the groups and events that the West Suffolk Branch has run during 2013 and those which we hope to continue with and add to in 2014. If you would like to be more involved with the branch activities, the AGM is a good opportunity to chat to the current committee members about what is involved.

Any of our 900+ members are very welcome to join the committee and to attend our monthly committee meetings. It is not an onerous commitment – it may be that you would just like to contribute your ideas at the meetings, or perhaps help out at just one of our monthly or annual events.

Did you know that our small team of 6 or 7 regular committee members not only do all the running and organisation for the numerous WSNAS groups and events held in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and surrounding area, but also do the majority of the fundraising as well!

In order for the Branch to remain sustainable in the longer term we need more help from our members

Although the AGM will have a formal agenda, in accordance with National Autistic Society guidelines, we hope that it will be an informative and enjoyable evening, and that lots of you will be able to attend. After the formal business is finished (we will try to wrap that up by 8.30pm), we would like to invite you to stay on for a FREE Fish and Chip supper, to chat to each other and to the committee members for half an hour or so.

We would politely request that you do not bring children with you to the meeting. This will enable all those who attend to listen to and enter into discussion without interruption and distraction. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

We would be very grateful if you could let us know (by e-mail) if you will be able to attend on 12th February, so that we have some idea of numbers. 

Your food order will be taken on your arrival.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Your invite to the 5th WSNAS Autism Friendly Christmas Party!

Saturday 7th December 2013 – 11am-3pm

We are delighted to invite you to our 5th annual ‘alternative’ Christmas Party at the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds. IP33 3JT. There is plenty of off-road parking available.

Your printable  invitation, which we hope will help you prepare your children for the party has been emailed to you.

The ‘party’ is planned very carefully to make it as enjoyable and un-stressful as possible for autistic children, and their siblings. We appreciate that at this time of year and the build up to Christmas and the inevitable departure from routine can make life very difficult for all our families. Your family is welcome to drop in for as long or short a time as suits you between 11am and 3pm.

We have hired the whole of The Hyndman Centre, so only our families will be on the site. The Centre will be divided into areas for the different activities.  We will be offering non-competitive games, arts and crafts, a LEGO room and a computer gaming area, which will have  2 X-box 360 consoles, a Wii and a Playstation 3 set-up as well as seating for children to play on their own DSs (don’t forget your charger!!).

For any of our Adults with ASD (and their carers) who would like to join us, there will be a small side room set up with board games, quiet background music and seating. So why not come along for a cuppa and a mince pie with your fellow group members?

There will also be a ‘quiet room’ for anyone who needs a bit of peace or privacy.

Drinks and snacks will be available all day, although if you are planning to be with us over the lunchtime, or for the whole day, you may like to bring your child’s preferred packed lunch.

We will not be having the real Father Christmas at the party as many of our children find him scary. He will be represented by a toy Father Christmas who stands by our Christmas tree, with a letter inviting the children to each choose a present from him to take home. We will have a have a basket of the unwrapped gifts for the children to choose from.

We will be holding a raffle in aid of Branch funds during the afternoon (prizes will be drawn at 2.30pm – we will ask you to leave contact details so that we can contact you if you’ve gone home (and have won something!!).  If any of you would like to donate a prize, please let us know.

Last year the event was really enjoyed by all the children and their families and we really hope that you can join us this year. The party is FREE to all our members, so please could you let us know if you are able to attend (and how many of you will be coming) by e-mailing this address by Saturday 30th December 2013. This means we don’t waste hard raised funds over-catering.

Finally, just a reminder that is NOT a drop-off event – children need to be accompanied and supervised during their stay.

We look forward to meeting members old and new on the 7th December 2013!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Adult and Carer's Drop-in @ The Info Bar, Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds. IP33 1NS

We hope that you are finding the revised format and change of location for the monthly Adult and Carers Drop-In positive. We have been astounded by the huge increase in numbers of you who are attending and are thrilled that we are able to reach out to even more people living with ASD in West Suffolk and beyond.

Our next meeting is THIS TUESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 6.30PM onwards at our new venue, THE INFO BAR, WHITING STREET, BURY ST EDMUNDS, IP33 1NS.

This month, Leading Lives have arranged for speakers/advisers from Social Services and Suffolk Carers to attend and offer advice to you.

There will, as always also be a quiet room for those who prefer with refreshments available throughout the evening. For those who have been before you also know that there is a pool table and computer access available to our members.

We endeavour to let our members know in advance about all our events by email BUT incase of a break down in communication (we are only human!) the Adult and Carers group always takes place on the 4th TUESDAY of each month. You can also call or text our Branch Mobile on 07795 238778 for confirmation if you are unsure.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Summer Fayre Raises £750!!

Thank you to everyone for support the WSNAS Summer Fayre held on Saturday 6th July. We managed to raise just over £750 for Branch funds which will enable us to continue to support our members in and around West Suffolk.